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Low voter turnout so far

Ballots are trickling in, but slowly, for the Nov. 5 election.

The ballots feature only three measures, but most voters will only see one of the three: the new, five-year Jefferson County jail levy request, the Culver school bond for repair and replacement of facilities, or the renewal request for the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District local option levy.

As of Tuesday noon, only 26.2 percent of voters had returned their ballots.

"It's pretty low," said Kathy Marston, Jefferson County clerk, adding, "For most of the county, there's just one ballot measure to vote on; I'd anticipated there'd be a higher turnout."

Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to turn in ballots in one of the five ballot boxes: in the parking lot at the courthouse annex, at the Culver City Hall, the Metolius City Hall, at the CRR Administration Building, and at 2112 Wasco St. in Warm Springs .

"If you haven't received your ballot, give us a call," Marston said. "If you've moved and your mailing address has changed, you can call our office or come in and get a new one."

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